The Late Show with Stephen Colbert was live after President Donald Trump delivered the State of the Union speech.
At the most divisive point in his presidency, Donald Trump delivered a State of the Union address touting the country’s accomplishments under his watch. The address was analyzed in real time and immediately following its conclusion, including during a special live edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Unsurprisingly, there is no consensus on whether President Trump’s SOTU was good or bad for the country. Many saw it as too politicized and misleading while just as many on the other side applauded President Trump and his message.
Fans know which side of the fence Stephen Colbert would land on during The Late Show. The only question is how well Colbert and his writers would be able to put together a response in time for the live show.
As The Late Show has done a number of times before, it delivered in the clutch. Colbert delivered a monologue that touched on all the major moments from the speech with the Late Show‘s signature brand of comedy.
Anytime President Trump is in front of a microphone, there is a very high chance what he says will make it into a late night monologue. Whether it is talking about raking forests or the dangers of windmills, comedians like Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers are quick to mock President Trump for just about every verbal slip up or phrase.
But you’d think that the State of the Union would be a little different. Advisors, cabinet members, and speech writers would all have input with each word carefully selected and delivered by President Trump. Yet it was more of the same to Colbert who quickly pointed out the “insane” lines delivered in the SOTU.
Colbert jokes that President Trump swung between taglines that sound better for casinos and phrases like “freedom unifies that soul” that didn’t make too much sense the more you heard them. And when he wasn’t saying things like that, he was lying according to Colbert.
Colbert wrapped up his coverage of the SOTU the same way he started it: highlighting the ongoing feud between President Trump and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. The address kicked off with President Trump snubbing Speaker Pelosi and ended with Speaker Pelosi tearing up her copy of the address.
Those two actions are the signature moments from the night and a good representative of where things stand. One side will support President Trump’s decision not to engage with Speaker Pelosi and will criticize her actions. The other side will do the opposite and around and around we go. Thankfully there is The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to always find the humor in it all.